U87 Variants

 

 

Neumann has essentially produced two U87's. The first manufactured from 1967-1986 is the U87(i) which is commonly referred to as a vintage U87,  and the second built from 1986-present, U87Ai.

 

There are a few variants within each version. These are detailed with pictures and description below.

 

 

 

Type 1

 

 

U87i

 

The U87i was built from 1967-1986. The 'i' in U87i indicates it had an international connector, that is a 3-pin XLR connector. It came in nickel (ni) and matte-black (mt) finish.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

U87

 

The U87 was built from 1967-1986. The U87i is commonly referred to as a U87, however strictly speaking the U87 has a 7-Pin Tuchel connector. It came in nickel (ni) and matte-black (mt) finish. Approximately 50,000 U87(i) were built.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

         Neumann U87, U87i internal componenets.

 

 

 

 

Type 2

 

 

U87Ai

 

The U87Ai came into production in 1986, the same year U87(i) ceased production. The microphone is still in production. It comes in nickel (ni) and matte-black (mt) finish.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

U87Ai Neumann 70th Anniversary Edition

 

Neumann released a gold U87Ai in 1998 to celebrate its 70th year of establishment. Approximately 300 were made, and all came complete with flight case and gold shockmount.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

U87Ai 40th Anniversary Edition

 

Neumann released a special edition of the U87Ai in 2007. It marks the 40th anniversary of the U87. A total of 1000 were produced and all came complete with shockmount, popshield and flight case.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Neumann U87Ai (front).jpg
Neumann U87Ai (front).jpg
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Neumann U87Ai (rear).jpg
Neumann U87Ai (rear).jpg
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Neumann U87Ai 40th Anniversary Edition.jpg
Neumann U87Ai 40th Anniversary Edition.jpg
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Neumann U87Ai 40th Anniversary Edition (pic 2).jpg
Neumann U87Ai 40th Anniversary Edition (pic 2).jpg
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Neumann U87Ai Gold 70th Anniversary
Neumann U87Ai Gold 70th Anniversary
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Neumann U87Ai Gold 70th Anniversary Edition (pic 2).jpg
Neumann U87Ai Gold 70th Anniversary Edition (pic 2).jpg
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Neumann U87Ai Capsule Head (front)
Neumann U87Ai Capsule Head (front)

Capsule K67/K870

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Neumann U87Ai Capsule Head (rear)
Neumann U87Ai Capsule Head (rear)

Capsule K67/K870

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Neumann U87Ai PCB (front)
Neumann U87Ai PCB (front)
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Neumann U87Ai PCB (rear)
Neumann U87Ai PCB (rear)
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     Neumann U87Ai internal components

 

 

 

 

Neumann U87i (front).jpg
Neumann U87i (front).jpg
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Neumann U87i (rear).jpg
Neumann U87i (rear).jpg
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Neumann U87i Connector.jpg
Neumann U87i Connector.jpg
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Neumann U87(i) Capsule Head (front)
Neumann U87(i) Capsule Head (front)

Capsule K87

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Neumann U87(i) Capsule Head (rear)
Neumann U87(i) Capsule Head (rear)

Capsule K87

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Neumann U87(i) PCB (front)
Neumann U87(i) PCB (front)
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Neumann U87(i) PCB (rear)
Neumann U87(i) PCB (rear)
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Neumann U87 (front).jpg
Neumann U87 (front).jpg
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Neumann U87 (rear).jpg
Neumann U87 (rear).jpg
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Neumann U87 Connector.jpg
Neumann U87 Connector.jpg
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